Saturday, December 22, 2007


As I think back to Christmas time when I was a child, I always think about the stockings being hung up and on Christmas morning they would usually have a banana, orange, maybe an apple or tangerine, a few pieces of hard candy, and usually some chocolate drops. It was so exciting to get that stocking and reach in there to find the goodies. I recall peeling the orange and eating it right away. They were always so good back then. I guess it's because that was the only time of the year we had things like that. It certainly was special. We didn't have the store bought stockings like folks have now. We had one of Daddy's work socks and it held quite a bit of stuff. Those memories certainly make me smile!
The Christmas cactus is blooming and it's so pretty. It use to bloom at Thanksgiving, which is the time of year it was given to me; so for several years it bloomed always at Thanksgiving. Last year I repotted it into a bigger container and it has grown quite a bit, so now it's blooming at Christmas time. You can see the little small bud in the picture below and then one that is budded out some more and then the final lovely bloom. I love the color of these!
I do wish everyone a very joyous and very, very, very Merry Christmas. May all your Christmas dreams come true!!!



Blogger Jim said...

You have a Merry Christmas, Rachel.

Yes, we got oranges and apples too. The apples weren't the local ones but Washington apples.

I'm glad Pup is feeling better. Maybe all dogs like to ride, Adi sure does. She likes the golf cart best.

You have a green thumb, isn't that nice? I wasn't familiar with Christmas cactus, yours is very pretty.

8:34 PM  
Blogger Diane J. said...

We got an orange and as you say, sometimes an apple or tangerine. We usually got some hard candy and mixed nuts, maybe a candy cane or two, and we also used Daddy's wool hunting socks for our stockings!

I used to have several Christmas cacti but they got sick and died several winters back and I never replaced them.

I hope you have a very happy and blessed Christmas, dear Rachel. ;o)

Love and hugs,


9:08 PM  
Blogger Karen H. said...

Good Evening Rachel,
I never had to live that way, but I do remember my Parents telling me stories of when they were kids and they used their own socks or one of their Dad's socks. My Mom would tell me that they were lucky to get an apple or orange and maybe some hard candy. One year she got a doll in her stocking. I think it was a ceramic doll. They didn't get much, but they had all the love there was. I don't even kids today would know how to act if they got something as little as people did back then. You know, it could be something to make them more appreciative of what they do have. Thanks for sharing your wonderful Christmas Memories with us Rachel. I so enjoyed it. "MERRY CHRISTMAS" to you and your from our Family. JESUS IS THE REASON FOR THE SEASON!!!! Take care my friend and have a great evening. May God Bless You and Yours. I love the Church sign as well. I have been seeing alot of them with a message similar to that around here.

Love & Hugs,
Karen H.

9:17 PM  
Blogger Holties House said...

Merry Christmas Rachel.

10:44 PM  
Anonymous linda@eriesargonaut said...

Merry Christmas, Rachel. We didn't have stockings or a mantle but each of us 5 kids got a nice big present and a couple of smaller ones (usually clothes.) We had a very special dinner my mom would cook that we only got on Christmas (lobster tails.) Us kids performed a little play about Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus. My dad would read scripture. We all munched on banana bread, cookies and fudge. It is a wonderful memory.

5:01 AM  
Blogger Ralph's Homespun Headlines said...

Char and I want to wish you a merry, merry Christmas.
Things will be a little different here over this Christma but it is all good.

5:01 AM  
Blogger JunieRose2005 said...


I have similar memories of Christmas.

I can close my eyes and almost be transported back in time to those early Christmases!

Hope this Christmas is a good one for you, Rachel.


11:56 AM  
Blogger Jo and JD said...

I remember christmas work socks too. My dad grew Christmas cactus' too. He had such a green thumb. One year he gave me a starter from one of his and it was dead by Christmas. I suggested that in the future if he wants to share one of his plants with me he should just bring it to visit and take back home with him.

Have a wonderful Christmas.

1:20 PM  
Blogger Cliff said...

And a lovely Christmas to you. This was a really good post Rachel. It brought back memories. Our stockings were the same way and sometimes we would get little toy gadgets too. Not like now.
Back to my letter.

4:40 PM  
Blogger Mountain Mama said...

Readiong all my blog fried=nds memories of their childhood Christmases sure brings back the memories! When you wrote about hanging up your dad's stocking and the orange you usually only had at Christmas time, it was like that at our house too. We usually got an orange and some nuts in our sock. These days kids get an entire Christmas in their sock.
I hope you and yours have a lovely Christmas dear.
God Bless you.

5:38 PM  
Blogger Susie said...

Merry Christmas Rachel!
My Christmas cactus isn't blooming at all. Yours looks so pretty :)

9:32 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

A Merry Christmas to you too ! We will celebrate in Amsterdam with our son.

12:37 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

And a Very Very Merry Christmas to you, dear Rachel...! And may ALL your dreams come true, as well!
Loved your touching on memories of childhood Chrismases....! Especially those "stockings".

1:22 AM  
Blogger Miki said...

Merry Xmas Rachel, hope you and yours enjoy the "fruits" of the season! How wonderful that your Christmas Cactus is a bloomin.' My Mom's hasn't bloomed in years, maybe it needs new soil????

1:40 AM  
Blogger PEA said...

May the joy that comes with Christmas Day remain with you throughout the year!! Merry Christmas dear friend. xoxo

1:04 PM  
Blogger Tossing Pebbles in the Stream said...

Merry Christmas/Joyeuse Noel, Rachel. I hope your Christmas Day is full of wonderful food, friends, family and joie de vie!

7:14 PM  
Blogger Paul said...

Merry Christmas, Rachel. We had a childhood similar to yours. We lived in the desert, so there were no fireplaces; therefore, no stockings. We got a net stocking full of hard candy and oranges from our church on the Sunday evening before Christmas. We usually ate all the candy before Christmas ever got there. Aunt Crosie always sent her famous divinity and some "glass candy" and some colored popcorn balls.

Merry, Merry Christmas and many blessings to go with it.

Nice cactus flowers, by the way.

8:10 PM  
Blogger Jerry said...

That was a great post. Isn't it amazing how commercialized Christmas has gotten in a generation or two. I'd like to see it return to those days.

Have a very Merry Christmas, Rachel!!!

8:58 PM  
Blogger Rosa said...

Merry Christmas!

11:10 PM  
Blogger Sonia said...

Thanks for the warm greetings, Rachel! I wish you and your family a HAPPY CHRISTMAS and a WONDERFUL NEW YEAR! It's been a real pleasure knowing you! Many hugs!

4:18 AM  
Blogger nora said...

Merry Christmas Rachel,
I hope that you are having a wonderful day. I just peeked in my stocking - slippers, my favorite candy bar and a box of tea. Saint Nicholas knew just what i wanted!

8:29 AM  
Anonymous zztop357 said...

As Diane said, we had the basics and 1 gift(toy) rest was clothes. We had left-overs the rest of the week too. Such good memories.
God bless and Merry Christmas.

4:20 PM  
Blogger Scarlet said...

I love that Christmas memory of your stocking full of goodies. I don't recall ever having a stocking as a child. We celebrated Three Kings Day on Jan. 6th until one year my parents realized everyone in this country celebrated Christmas on Dec. 25th and we started doing that, too. Also, I think Santa appeared on a surf board in Cuba. It's only in this country he shows up on a sleigh.

Anyway, I hope you had a wonderful Christmas and I wish you the happiest of New Years!

7:14 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Maybe I'll be the first and last to comment on this post. That is, if you hurry and write another one.

Thank you for the nice visit today. We posed for that picture thinking it would be our 'Christmas picture.'
I think we did good, Karen snapped the photo.
We really had a nice afternoon at the Museum. Cliff likes to visit there too.
When Dad was on the board, we started going there and have ever since. (Mrs. Jim and I are life members, but a lot of people are.)

7:44 PM  
Blogger Lucy Stern said...

I love the picture of the manger scene....We didn't get stockings when we were growing up, I learned about that when I got married. We put oranges and apples and nuts, as well as chocolate candy and assorted small gifts in our stockings....The Christmas cactus is really pretty.....

I hope your Christmas was happy and peaceful.

8:15 AM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Such a BEAUTIFUL Christma Cactus Bloom! My bloomed about a month ago...! Everything is confused nt the weather....Of course mine is in the ground here.....!
I hope your Christms was a good one, dear Rachel.....!And now on to NEW YEARS!

10:07 AM  
Blogger Jamie Dawn said...

Those blooms are gorgeous! I love the color too!!

I hope you had a very Merry Christmas.

Ours was low key and very nice. It was a gorgeous, sunny day for Christmas.

I'm glad you have such wonderful childhood memories of your Christmases. I bet you still enjoy getting treats!!! I know I do, even if I have to buy them for myself!

I hope 2008 is a healthy year for you and one that brings you much happiness.

4:13 PM  
Blogger OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Rachel dear....You brought tears to my eyes with your very dear sweet comment....It means so much to know that I am in some way touvhing other peoples lives....I thank you with all my heat for expressing that so beautifully....!

8:59 PM  
Blogger Sandy said...

That Christmas Cactus bloom is BEAUTIFUL and it bloomed just at the right time...on Christmas.

I remember my stocking with great joy and it had an apple, an orange, a little candy or candy cane and some nuts in it. Sometimes it even had a tangerine, but usually they were too squishy for stockings. It was always so much fun to get into it.
Kids today just get WAY TO MUCH stuff and wouldn't know how to act if they just got one big present and a couple of smaller ones and a Christmas stocking filled with just things to eat. They would feel cheated. I really do think that we should try to get back to those Christmases of the past, when everything we got was very much appreciated. I see children now opening gift after gift and not even stopping to really see what they got, but instead looking for the next gift to open, like there's an endless supply of gifts for just them. It's no wonder they have turned into the ME generation. They're just spoiled.

Hope your Christmas was nice and that the coming New Year is everything you expect it to be.

7:59 AM  
Blogger Farmgirl Cyn said...

Rachel...Hope you had a blessed Christmas. Our best to you and your dear husband!

2:35 PM  
Blogger Kendra Lynn said...

Hope you had a wonderful Christmas!


4:30 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

if kids now a days got friut in their stocking I bet they would freak.

my mom can grow those, but not me.

5:54 PM  
Blogger Gattina said...

I hope you had a nice Christmas and survived the festivities, lol !
I published today some pictures of my Christmas in Amsterdam. I can tell you this city is depressing at this time of the year !

12:34 AM  
Blogger Jim said...

Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!
Happy New Year, Rachel and Hubby! And Pup!

Rachel, that's all the better I can sing tonight.

Didn't you get my check when I won that Texas lottery? It was for buying youself a better boat after I saw yours that you posted the picture of.

10:10 PM  

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